The issues are complex and not always easy to discuss but there is a strong need to ensure healthy dialogue on issues of sexuality, sexual health, and responsible sexual behaviors. While much attention is focused on adolescents and adverse outcomes of sexual activity, it’s also important to create opportunities for sex positive discussion that goes beyond adolescents and young adults.
As journalists, you strive to provide the latest, most accurate information about sexual health to your readers, listeners, viewers and visitors.
The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA), founded in 1914, is the oldest national nonprofit with a central mission of addressing sexuality across a spectrum that recognizes the rich diversity of sexual functioning and expression in our society. This touches on a variety of issues including access to reproductive health care, the rights of sexual minorities, comprehensive sexual education for young people, consent and agency over one’s body, and the importance of sex, pleasure, and healthy relationships in our overall health and quality of life.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) also are an area of focus for ASHA, given there are nearly 20 million new cases of STIs every year in the United States, and experts believe the majority of sexually active individuals will have one or more STIs in their lifetimes (though many cases are never diagnosed or recognized).
In an effort to fulfill its commitment to better public health, ASHA reaches out with a variety of tools: hotlines, media campaigns, printed materials, community-based projects, support groups, research and advocacy efforts. ASHA provides up-to-date, factual information to more than 13,000 people every day.
We believe strongly that journalists play an important role in helping ASHA educate the public about STIs. By contacting ASHA, you can get background information on STIs or reach a content expert.
If you are a journalist in need of information not found on this site, please contact Media Relations or call 919.361.3124.
This section of the site is intended to help you best serve your audience. We appreciate your feedback to ensure that this section best addresses your questions and issues about sexual health and sexually transmitted infections.
For additional information please contact:
ASHA Media Relations
P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
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